University Lecturer in Old Testament Studies
University of Helsinki


The Faculty of Theology ( is the largest of the three academic theology units in Finland. In addition, it is one of Europe’s largest units in the field of theology and religious studies in terms of student numbers. The Faculty is a non-denominational academic community.

The mission of the Faculty is to conduct research on religion and its various manifestations, provide teaching based on research, and engage in national and international social debate. International assessments have found that the research conducted at the Faculty is of a high quality, and the Faculty cooperates actively with equivalent top-level research units.

The Faculty of Theology invites applications for the position of

University Lecturer

in Old Testament studies for a permanent contract at the Department of Biblical Studies. The duties of the university lecturer include the provision of teaching in biblical studies, including biblical Hebrew, in the bachelor’s and master’s programmes in theology and religious studies. In addition, the university lecturer must carry out independent scientific research, supervise and examine theses and dissertations, and attend to other teaching, administrative and other jointly agreed duties. The position to be filled focuses on teaching, and the university lecturer is expected to take an active part in the development of teaching in their field and at the Faculty.

The basic purpose of Old Testament studies is to conduct diverse research relating to the original-language texts of the Old Testament. The texts are examined from the perspectives of language, history, literary history, social history, theology and religious history. Broadly speaking, research topics include texts related to the Old Testament and its historical context as well as their religious, cultural and social reality.

The appointee must hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English proficiency.

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research activities, teaching and supervision experience as well as pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits and a teaching demonstration. Particular attention will be paid to the applicants’ teaching skills.

The salary will be based on levels 5–7 of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. There is a six-month trial period for the position.


Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file that includes the following documents:
- A full list of publications
- An academic portfolio presenting the applicant’s key qualifications and adhering to the instructions of the University and the specifications issued by the Faculty of Theology
- A plan (max. 1 page) specifying how the applicant, if appointed, intends to develop teaching and research in the field
Instructions for attachments:

The application must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) can submit their applications through the SAP HR portal, which can be accessed through Flamma: (Career and development tab). The closing date for applications is 8 March 2020.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dean Antti Räsänen, antti.rasanen(at), phone +358 2941 23710.
Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Boström, minna.bostrom(at)

Due date

08.03.2020 23:59 EET

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